By the way, 'Religion can be defined as ābelief in God or gods to be worshipped, usually expressed in conduct and ritualā or āany specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics.ā Well over 90% of the worldās population adheres to some form of religion. The problem is that there are so many different religions. What is the right religion? What is true religion?'
The Anglican Church was flawed from the beginningā
"....As in the Catholic Church, the celebration of the Eucharist is central to the worship service, along with the communal offering of prayer and praise through the recitation of the liturgy. In all liturgical churches, there is a danger of allowing the form of religious ceremony (Isaiah 29:13) to replace the personal application of faith (Psalm 51:16-17)...."
As the above article points out, the Anglican Church failed to avoid that dangerāš
John UK wrote: I don't believe for one minute that Christian men and women ought to follow a political ideal. Rather they ought to follow Jesus Christ, and be obedient to him, his principles and precepts. That means being obedient to the word of God, in every aspect, including what God says about the poor, about widows, about orphans.
QC, I certainly wouldn't deny that these were acts of God but how to interpret them, is an important question. It was pointed out then this following article that there isn't any more earthquake activity the normal anyway.
Charlotte Hamlyn wrote: ..... A 7.3 magnitude earthquake had hit the remote Maluku Islands, leaving about 160 houses collapsed and a woman reportedly killed.
Both Mr Allen and Ms King said the timing was coincidental and the two earthquakes did not appear to have been linked in any way.
"It's highly unlikely that the event off the West Australian coast triggered the event off Indonesia," Mr Allen said.
"Anything is possible but it's highly unlikely." ....
excerpt from, "Earthquake near Broome may have released '100 times more energy' than Newcastle tremor "
Well everyone knows the Sabbath is Saturday and not Sunday. the Seventh Day Adventists have it right on that one!
Travel Israel wrote: What is Shabbat?
Spending Shabbat in Jerusalem is a special experience.
Shabbat is the Jewish day of rest. It starts at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday evening when the new week begins. Religious Jews do not work during Shabbat and this extends to using electronic equipment and cooking. They mark the start of the 24 hour period by lighting candles and visiting the synagogue for prayers and to sing traditional liturgical blessings, which is followed by the Shabbat Dinner, a festive family meal....
excerpt from, "Shabbat in Jerusalem"
Lighting up a cigarette during Shabbat isn't kosher either.
Kelsey Dallas and Matthew Brown wrote: .... In its current form, the Equality Act is unlikely to receive broad, bipartisan support. One House Republican, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and one GOP Senate member, Sen. Susan Collins, are backing the measure, but its prospects in the Republican-controlled Senate look dim.
"I continue to have concerns that the Equality Act has serious flaws ā namely its failure to protect religious liberty,ā said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah....
excerpt from, " Would the Equality Act harm religious freedom?
From a more sane source, the Deseret News, it's rather obvious that this bill isn't going to pass the Senate.
Norm from Minnesota, I don't find why it so difficult to understand that as Christians we are not to be zealots /Pharisees to provide laws for punishment for actions that the general populace doesn't want punished.
John MacArthur had an excellent sermon on the ineffectiveness of Pharisees.
https://tinyurl.com/y5gt8yyt (The Deadly Dangers of Moralism)
Timothy, apparently again you didn't take note of prohibition! how did that work out? I believe on the same site if not on the same article it was pointed out prohibition did last in a couple of states until 1966 and is in still some counties now in various States. so, you can pass laws that a large proportion of Voters support but otherwise it's a futile effort!
as the article previously mentioned point it out all you do is alienate people they're not all I can be your political allies but more importantly might be interested in your religion as long as it isn't a political party āš
History Channel wrote: .... ...Prohibition was waning by the end of the 1920s. In addition, fundamentalist and nativist forces had gained more control over the temperance movement, alienating its more moderate members...
excerpt from https://www.history.com/topics/prohibition
ā¢ Egregious crimes were perpetrated by some Catholic leaders in Latin America ā¢ This happened during the Cold War, a period where the Church was fighting Communism ā¢ Vatican factional fighting has stymied responses to the crimes of clergy.... .... "Pope Francis is seen as a threat against certain alliances between Catholicism and capitalism," Dr Faggioli said.
"They are using the sexual abuse scandal against Francis, to try and say that he's an accomplice of abusers and that he has done nothing."...
"This is something that you didn't see in the previous pontificates ā they were accused of acting slow or not paying attention [to sexual abuse] ā but no one was accusing them of consciously colluding with abusers," Dr Faggioli said....
So far however, Pope Francis has held his nerve in a period which Dr Faggioli said is equivalent to multiple "impeachment" attempts.
He explained that this has become another sideshow that has distracted the Church from a primary focus, that being the protection of the vulnerable....
excerpt from, "How Catholic clergy ruled alongside the 'gay mafia', despots, and rent boys in Latin America "
No, Christopher, you are correct. in fact a free-standing pillar was usually a pagan worship item!
2 Kings 18:1-5 Now in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His motherās name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. He did that which was right in Yahwehās eyes, according to all that David his father had done. He removed the high places, and broke the pillars, and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because in those days the children of Israel burned incense to it; and he called it Nehushtan. He trusted in Yahweh, the God of Israel; so that after him was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among them that were before h
Unless a pillar it's part of a Tabernacle or Temple, or perhaps, a synagogue--it is profane.